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Hither and Yon

Japan’s ‘peace constitution’ on the brink as NE Asia braces for war

October 27, 2017
Special to WorldTribune.com

By Donald Kirk

TOKYO -- The overwhelming success of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in the latest elections for members of the Japanese “Diet” ― the peculiar word for Japan’s parliament or national assembly ― portends hardening of tensions and priorities in Northeast Asia.

Yes, Abe would dearly like to revise Japan’ Read More 
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Having sworn to ‘forever renounce war’, Japan still alone in a tough neighborhood

May 4, 2017
Special to WorldTribune.com

By Donald Kirk

TOKYO -- The shadows of war lengthen over Japanese society in thrall to Article 9 of a “peace constitution” foisted under the “occupation” led by the victorious World War II Pacific commander, Gen. Douglas MacArthur.

Much as the “rightist” Prime Minister Shinzo Abe might want to do away  Read More 
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